Feds Warn of “Bogus” Coronavirus Home Test Kits After Intercepting Shipment From UK
Los Angeles, CA – Federal officials are urging Americans to beware of counterfeit COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing kits being sold online after United States Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted a shipment of suspected fake kits this week.
According to CBP, on March 12, 2020, agents assigned to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), International Mail Facility (IMF), intercepted a package containing suspected counterfeit COVID-19 test kits arriving from the United Kingdom.
Officers discovered six plastic bags containing various vials while conducting an enforcement examination of a parcel manifested as “Purified Water Vials.”
The shipment had a declared value of $196.81, CBP says.
Upon further examination of the shipment, investigators discovered vials filled with a white liquid and labeled “Corona Virus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit.”
The shipment was turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for further analysis.
“Protecting the health and safety of the American people is a top priority for CBP,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “This significant interception, at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of a National Emergency, demonstrates our CBP officers’ vigilance and commitment to ensure dangerous goods are intercepted and not a threat to our communities and our people.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), authorized diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is conducted in verified state and local public health laboratories across the United States.
Currently, state and local public health laboratories in 50 states and the District of Columbia have successfully verified COVID-19 diagnostic tests and are offering testing.
The American public should be aware of “bogus home testing kits for sale either online or in informal direct to consumer settings,” CBP and CDC officials warn.
If you have a question about testing, you are urged to contact your health care provider or your state health department.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
The CDC says a medical professional should decide whether or not you need to be tested.
More information about testing is available HERE.